COLUMN: Household items can have a spiritual meaning

So, how are you and your family doing during this quarantine time? I am about to go nuts to be honest. You know I need people around me to be…

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Bear sightings around town inspire wonder in fearful time

A rash of bear sightings around the Batesburg-Leesville area this past week has inspired not fear but joy and wonder in a time when our community needs it most. In…

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Even if we can’t hug, we still can love and care for folks

Last Sunday morning, my longtime girlfriend and I walked into the 11 o’clock service at the West campus of Cedar Creek Church, which congregates in the gym at the Aiken…

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Potter shapes message of hope with clay and Scripture

In evangelist Roger Clark’s hands, a sermon becomes more than a powerful message of hope and redemption at the hand of God. It becomes a tangible work of art. Still…

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‘Skunk Lady’ finds joy in her ‘odorable’ furry friends

Karrie Wilson of Batesburg-Leesville has a great love and compassion for all God’s creatures. Her pets include dogs, cats, an iguana, geckos, tree frogs, chickens, Canadian geese, and skunks. Yes,…

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Poultry Festival canceled over coronavirus impact

The ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has forced the cancellation of the Batesburg-Leesville area’s largest outdoor gathering and one of the Midlands’ signature events. The 2020 South Carolina Poultry Festival…

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Coronavirus is scary stuff; we’ll get through it together

Back in 1842, three years before “The Raven” made Edgar Allan Poe a household name, the father of American horror published a short story called “The Mask of the Red…

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